by E. Sheppard
I know... most people think that GRADES are the most important factor when somebody goes back to school, no matter what their age is.
But older students, or students going back to school after a break, are people too! Most people really like having friends and good relationships. Being at school, whether it is high school, trade school, or college, takes on a whole new dimension when you add friends to the mix. Having friends can make your life a lot better. And making NEW friends is a great way to add to your other good relationships.
Are you an older person? Perhaps you feel shy about making new friends. This is so natural, and common among both older and younger people. I have made a short list of things you can do to make more new friends that you ever thought was possible.
Tips for Face-to-Face classes
1. Introduce yourself to your neighbor. You will be surprised how many people are waiting for you to make the first move.
2. Write down information (like email addresses) and names of people you like. This will help you remember potential friends and you can stay in touch later.
3. Talk to your teacher or professor - who knows? Maybe you can make friends with them after the class is done or even during it.
4. Be helpful to your fellow students. Does somebody need some notepaper or a pencil? Bring extras, and you will find it increases your popularity. Everyone would rather be friends with somebody nice than a miser.
Tips for Online classes
1. Are you online before the teacher comes to the website? Then you can aso introduce yourself online to other early birds.
2. Read your fellow class members' introductions and profiles. That way you know what kind of questions to ask them.
3. If you are in a group, do your part of the assignment. You can also be there for help if needed.
4. Get email addresses of your fellow students. That way you can keep in touch after the class is over.
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